DCFS concerned about unprepared foster teens entering the real world
Posted on 3/22/2017 2:49:00 AM.

Children who grow out of the foster care system at age 18 are not adequately prepared to enter the real world. That’s a major concern for the Department of Children and Family Services. Manager of the foster care program Toni Buxton says these teens are faced with responsibilities like finding a job.

DCFS, Toni Buxton, foster care

Parents can now make child support payments through MoneyGram
Posted on 3/9/2017 12:25:00 PM.

Non-custodial parents in Louisiana can now make child support payments through MoneyGram at retail stores like WalMart, CVS and Albertsons. Director of Child Support Enforcement with the Department of Children and Family Services Lydia Scales says this is a more convenient way to pay rather than purchasing stamps and mailing in money.

MoneyGram, DCFS, child support, Lydia Scales

Edwards administration unveils spending plan for next fiscal year
Posted on 2/23/2017 10:56:00 AM.

The Edwards administration unveiled a spending plan for the fiscal year that starts July 1, and TOPS is not fully funded under their proposal. Commissioner of Administration Jay Dardenne says it will take an additional $81 million to fully fund the scholarship program.

Jay Dardenne, budget, TOPS, DCFS, DOTD, regular session

DCFS: Baby found in trashcan to remain in state care
Posted on 12/28/2016 5:33:00 PM.

The Department of Children and Family Services says the baby who was discovered in a Walmart trashcan will remain in state care. DCFS Secretary Marketa Garner Walters says baby Oliva will be placed in foster care for the time being, while they assess family members who could provide long term care for the child.

Marketa Garner Walters, DCFS, Baby Olivia, Kyandrea Thomas

DCFS announces Louisiana broke record for number of children adopted in a year
Posted on 12/7/2016 1:48:00 AM.

Louisiana broke the state’s record for the number of foster children adoptions within a year. 735 children were adopted by 532 families between October of 2015 and September of 2016.

DCFS, Marketa Garner Walters, foster children, adoption

DCFS: Rate of drug addicted newborns tripled since 2008
Posted on 11/28/2016 7:59:00 AM.

The Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services finds Louisiana’s rate of newborns born with drugs and alcohol in their system has tripled over the last 8 years. Regional Administrator for Child Welfare, Denise Evans, says more than 1,500 babies were born exposed to drugs or alcohol in 2015.

Denise Evans, DCFS, drug epidemic

DCFS receivers federal approval for second month of D-SNAP benefits
Posted on 10/11/2016 5:16:00 AM.

The Department of Children and Family Services has received federal approval for a second month of disaster food assistance for the 11 parishes most heavily impacted by the August flooding. DCFS Secretary Marketa Garner Walters says anyone who received aid last month will automatically have their card reloaded this month.

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Additional D-SNAP locations open today
Posted on 9/6/2016 3:08:00 AM.
The third phase of the disaster food stamp program begins today as flood victims in nine more parishes can receive a benefits card to purchase food.
D-SNAP, The Great Flood 2016, Sammy Guillory, DCFS

DCFS launches Quality Parenting Initiative
Posted on 8/11/2016 11:49:00 AM.

The Department of Children and Family Services is launching an initiative to improve foster care by redefining the role of caregivers. DCFS Secretary Marketa Garner Walters says Louisiana has strong confidentiality laws, but we often misinterpret who we need to be confidential with. She says the Quality Parenting Initiative is about having everybody on the same page.

DCFS, Marketa Garner Walters, QPI

SNAP workforce initiative begins today
Posted on 7/1/2016 6:27:00 AM.

Beginning today, able-bodied food stamp recipients without dependents will be required to participate in job-training if they do not work or go to school. DCFS Deputy Assistant Secretary, Sammy Guillory, says the requirement could be different on a case by case basis.

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